Chengde Weather and Climate
Chengde has a four-season, monsoon-influenced humid continental climate, with widely varying conditions through the prefecture due to its size. The whole region is made up of two kinds of terrains: plateau above the dam and mountainous region below the dam. The climatic differences are thus quite obvious.
The region is situated in the hinterland of Yanshan Mountain in the transitional belt of Inner-mongolian Plateau and North China Plain as well as the transitional belt of the warm temperate belt and the cold temperate belt.
Winter in Chengde are is ratures are much cooler than they are in Beijing, due to the high altitude of at least 1000 meters: Monthly means range from −9.1 °C (15.6 °F) in January to 24.5 °C (76.1 °F) in July. Spring warming is rapid, but dust storms can blow in from the Mongolian steppe; autumn cooling is similarly quick. Precipitation averages at 512 millimeters (20.2 in) for the year, with more than two-thirds of it falling during the three summer months.
Best Time to Visit Chengde
The best time for going to the plateau above the dam is summer, especially during July and August. Summer is the peak season of the year to visit Chengde for the summer resort, which provide a shelter for people to escape the heat in the urban.
At the very time, flowers are here and there and it is cool and foggy. While the time from the beginning of September to the beginning of October is most suitable for visitng the Mulan Paddock and appreciating the spectacular scenery in late autumn, with a mountain of red maple leaves, as if everything in the mountain has been dyed.